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Eric Clapton – UK & Ireland Tour 2013

Terry Lane - Thursday 11.04.13, 17:36pm

Just like the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton is celebrating 50 years in the music business; and following the release of his latest album, ‘Old Sock’, he will be playing arenas in the UK & Ireland in May as part of a World Tour. No doubt he will be playing songs from the new album including the single ‘Gotta Get Over’.  But it will be classic songs from his vast catalogue of songs that fans will be hoping to hear.

Anyone fortunate enough to have tickets to see Eric Clapton will surely be ecstatic to hear the first few bars of songs like ‘Layla’, a hit for Derek & The Dominos in 1971.

But previously to forming Derek & The Dominos, Eric Clapton had been in several bands throughout the 1960’s where he became known as one of the most respected blues guitarists in the world.  In 1963 he joined The Yardbirds performing blues-influenced rock n roll and in 1965 they had their first hit single, ‘For Your Love’.  The single erred towards a more commercial pop sound and for that reason Clapton left the band. After a short stint with John Mayall’s Blues Breakers he joined Ginger Baker & Jack Bruce to form Cream; and together they had hits of their own including ‘White Room’ & ‘Sunshine Of Your Love’.  In 1968 Eric Clapton was asked to play lead guitar on The Beatles ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’.

In 1969, after Cream disbanded, Clapton & Ginger Baker joined forces with Steve Winwood (Traffic) & Ric Grech (Family) to form another so-called ‘supergroup’, Blind Faith.  Though the group was short-lived they played their debut concert to a staggering 100,000 fans in London’s Hyde Park on 7 June 1969.

Since the 1970’s Eric Clapton has concentrated on his solo career and making guest appearances with a wide variety of artists.  ‘Old Sock’ is his 21st solo studio album. The UK tour includes seven nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall, a venue he first played 29 years ago with The Yardbirds and has since played over 200 times.

Eric Clapton UK & Ireland Tour Dates 2013

May 09, 2013
O2, Dublin

May 10, 2013
Odyssey Arena, Belfast

May 13, 2013
LG Arena, Birmingham

May 14, 2013
Manchester Arena, Manchester

May 17, 2013
Royal Albert Hall, London
May 18, 2013
Royal Albert Hall, London
May 20, 2013
Royal Albert Hall, London
May 21, 2013
Royal Albert Hall, London
May 23, 2013
Royal Albert Hall, London

May 24, 2013
Royal Albert Hall, London

May 26, 2013
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